The winners of the Europa league are guaranteed a place in the Champions League and with a very tight top four race, Sir Alex Ferguson has advised Manchester United to focus on the second tier continental title. Speaking to ESPN he said:‘The thing is, we’ve never won the Europa League. We’ve never won the UEFA Cup, what it used to be. And we’ve got a great draw. I’m not saying it’s a certainty, but they’ve got a great chance.
‘It gets you into the Champions League, too – it didn’t used to but it does now, and so that’s a great incentive. And there’s no Sevilla in it, so that’s good.
If you win a trophy, it’s important. It’s a European trophy. It doesn’t matter that it’s not the Champions League – it’s still a European trophy. And if you win it, you get into the Champions League. The incentive is greater to do that.